I’ve arrived in Marfa, TX after about 7 hours on the road from Austin. I’d never made the trek before, so it was an enjoyable new experience for me. There’s something about summers in Texas (and I guess anywhere, really) that begs for a road trip. With 14 hours of driving round trip, I’d guess this will meet my quota for the season. I passed through a bunch of odd and interesting West Texas towns, the kind of places you don’t really see too often when you live in the more urban bubble of Austin-Houston-Dallas-San Antonio. But I grew up on the border, in Brownsville, so taking this kind of road trip certainly brought back memories.
Marfa itself is steeped in eccentric tradition. It’s become an arts community and tourist destination, sort of a Santa Fe or Sedona for the Lone Star State. Before that, it was just another town in West Texas, primarily famous for being the location for the classic film Giant. When I began entering the city limits (listening to the mood-enhancing “The Past is a Grotesque Animal” by Of Montreal) the otherworldly vibe started to hit. I look forward to exploring this little slice of Texas. Here are some photos I took on the drive down Highway 290 and I-10: